Cité (Paris Métro)
|Paris Métro station|
|Location||2, Place Louis Lépine|
4th arrondissement of Paris
|Opened||10 December 1910|
Cité station lies underneath the Île de la Cité, one of two islands on the Seine within the historical boundaries of Paris. In relation to the rest of the city, it lies within the 4th arrondissement, near Kilometre Zero, the official geographical and historical centre of Paris. The only station on the Île de la Cité, it lies near many famous landmarks, the most famous being the Cathedral of Notre Dame. To the west are the Sainte-Chapelle chapel and the Palace of Justice, while Notre Dame and the Hôtel-Dieu are to the east.
The station was opened on 10 December 1910 on the section of the line under the Seine between Châtelet and Raspail. This section of the line had actually opened on 9 January 1910 but trains passed through the station without stopping until the December of that year.
Tunnels were later built linking the station to the nearby Prefecture of Police of Paris and the Palais de Justice. However, for security reasons, these tunnels have now been closed for more than thirty years.
The station was renovated in 1991, and its lighting is green.
|B1||Mezzanine for platform connection|
|Line 4 platform level||Side platform, doors will open on the right|
|Northbound||← toward Porte de Clignancourt (Châtelet)|
|Southbound||toward Mairie de Montrouge (Saint-Michel) →|
|Side platform, doors will open on the right|
Similar to most Paris Métro stations, Cité utilises a side platform setup with two tracks. However, unlike other stations on Line 4, the platforms are 110 m (361 ft) in length, longer than the 90-105m platforms at other stations. This makes it possible for the station to handle seven-car trains. Saint-Michel station, immediately after Cité, has even longer platforms measuring 118 m (387 ft) (making it possible to handle eight-car trains). However, due to the length of other station platforms and the automation process on Line 4, the train length will be limited to six cars.
Access to Cité station is provided by a singular entrance at 2 Place Louis Lépine, the main square in the centre of the island.
Because of the station's depth, passengers must walk down to a mezzanine level, which contains ticket machines and fare control, and then another three flights of stairs before reaching platform level. As the Paris Métro runs inversely to normal railways in the rest of France, the eastern track is used by trains heading northbound to Porte de Clignancourt and the western southbound to Montrouge.
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